Pioneer_Jay Dunlap

 

What do you consider to be your most important contributions to chronobiology and sleep science?

Helping to train the over 40 postdocs who worked with Jennifer Loros and me to elucidate the molecular basis of a circadian clock and to define its place in a circadian system

 What are the most important lessons you have learned over your successful scientific career?

Thinking clearly and writing well are more important than having good experimental hands. Having good mentors is essential to success.

 Do you have any advice for trainees and early career scientists?

Take time to identify and think about the most important questions, and spend your energy answering those. Careers are made by working effectively with others; try to be the person with whom others enjoy working.

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Testimonials

Jennifer Loros and Jay Dunlap’s research on the circadian clock in Neurospora has had a significant impact on the field, one that will be felt long into the future. They are also outstanding mentors, supporting their trainees at every level of career, including my own. The passion, rigor, and energy they put into solving complex circadian problems, including identifying the core components of the clock mechanism that form a 24-h molecular feedback loop, determining how the clock is reset by light and temperature, and insights into temperature compensation, are unmatched and inspiring. They helped the circadian rhythms and fungal fields thrive, having served over the years in many different capacities, including advisory boards, grant panels, award, policy, and program committees, and they are generous in providing the field with critical new tools. They conceived, were major contributors, and edited, the first comprehensive book on chronobiology that is a must-read for clock students and researchers.

DEBORAH BELL-PEDERSEN

“I did postdoc in the Dunlap/Loros lab. I really appreciated so much supports from Jay and Jennifer! 

JENNIFER MARI SHINOHARA

“I did postdoc in the Dunlap/Loros lab. I really appreciated so much supports from Jay and Jennifer! 

JENNIFER MARI SHINOHARA

“I did postdoc in the Dunlap/Loros lab. I really appreciated so much supports from Jay and Jennifer! 

JENNIFER MARI SHINOHARA

“I did postdoc in the Dunlap/Loros lab. I really appreciated so much supports from Jay and Jennifer! 

JENNIFER MARI SHINOHARA

“I am so grateful that I was given an opportunity to learn from Jay and Jennifer. They gave me freedom to explore different projects and guided me to become an independent researcher. As a principal investigator, I try my best to be as patient and nurturing as they were to me, but I think I have a long way to go. 

CHRISTIAN HONG

Being a postdoc in the Dunlap and Loros labs was hugely stimulating and enjoyable. The focus of the research was interesting and their labs were filled with enthusiastic students and postdocs from around the world. Discussion and critique were encouraged and only the highest standard of research was acceptable. Jay and Jennifer were my guides and cheerleaders

SUSAN CROSTHWAITE

I had the pleasure of completing my post-doctoral training in Jay and Jennifer’s lab. Through this time, Jay and Jennifer demonstrated a unique wonderful blend of intellectual brilliance, curiosity, collegiality, and thoughtfulness. Students, post-docs, peers, and collaborators thrived in their presence. While notably productive, the lab environment was a warm, friendly, and cohesive place to work. It was run as if it were a very large, functional, and respectful family. I, and I am sure countless others, treasure the memories of time spent in and out of the lab. I marveled at their unwavering commitment and significant contribution to the field of chronobiology and it was infectious. How generous they were with their time, compassion, and companionship as we navigated the mechanistic complexities of circadian rhythms throughout the sometimes slow and sometimes steep path of scientific discovery. I can think of no other pair more deserving scientists that have given so much to the field while also impacting the lives of so many. Every day I am thankful that our paths crossed and can only hope that all budding and established scientists are fortunate to have a Jay and Jennifer in their lives! 

DEANNA L. DENAULT

I strongly support the nomination of Jay Dunlap and Jennifer Loros for the SRBR Pioneer Award. Both Jay and Jennifer are unquestioned pioneers of molecular chronobiology and are mostly responsible for the establishment of the Neurospora model system for eukaryotic circadian clocks. In addition to the cloning of the first Neurospora clock genes and establishment of the circadian negative feedback mechanism, their lab are responsible for many fundamental discoveries that lead to our current understanding of the eukaryotic clock mechanisms. In addition to their scientific achievements, they are also responsible for mentoring many chronobiologists which became independent investigators in the circadian clock field.

YI LIU

I am very grateful to Jay and Jennifer for the impact they have had on my academic and research career. The period of time I spent in their laboratory was extremely important and contributed a lot to the formation of my scientific and professional foundations. Anderson Garbuglio de Oliveira

ANDERSON GARBUGLIO DE OLIVERIRA

I am very grateful to Jay and Jennifer for the impact they have had on my academic and research career. The period of time I spent in their laboratory was extremely important and contributed a lot to the formation of my scientific and professional foundations. Anderson Garbuglio de Oliveira

ANDERSON GARBUGLIO DE OLIVERIRA

I am very grateful to Jay and Jennifer for the impact they have had on my academic and research career. The period of time I spent in their laboratory was extremely important and contributed a lot to the formation of my scientific and professional foundations. Anderson Garbuglio de Oliveira

ANDERSON GARBUGLIO DE OLIVERIRA

I am very grateful to Jay and Jennifer for the impact they have had on my academic and research career. The period of time I spent in their laboratory was extremely important and contributed a lot to the formation of my scientific and professional foundations. Anderson Garbuglio de Oliveira

ANDERSON GARBUGLIO DE OLIVERIRA

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